Locanda Verde’s Andrew Carmellini opened The Dutch just over a year ago, and it’s been on the “hot” list ever since. It’s an American counterpart to his Italian restaurant, similar in style but with less attitude.
On a recent trip to NYC, I booked a reservation for brunch, 30 days in advance as advised. Walking in at 11:00 am, both dining rooms were practically empty, but by the time we left it was filling up, and walking by again at 2pm, it was absolutely jammed. We enjoyed a leisurely and tasty brunch, choosing a variety of dishes on a limited menu. We started with an exceptional burrata dish pairing the creamy cheese with broccoli and a green sauce, a pastry board with blue cheese and raisin scones, a curried sugar donut and a blueberry ginger muffin. Entrees consumed included fried eggs with creamy grits, chorizo and tortilla chips, a turkey sandwich with that same awesome green sauce, a lobster cocktail and a mushroom frittata with goat cheese. I had heard the fried chicken and biscuits were worth ordering, but we had no takers at the table.
Dinner is a more raucous affair, but I’d like to try it. Squid ink pasta with shrimp and chiles, sea scallops with bacon jam, pork chop Adobo, and Korean hangar steak with kimchi fried rice are pretty serious enticements, don’t you think?